Beating the Boredom

    It goes without saying that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all of our lives. Adjusting to lockdown, with some having to self isolate and shield, not to mention washing our hands vigorously whilst singing happy birthday, not once but twice! For young people living in YMCA Doncaster’s supported accommodation it has…



Hold My Hand

Zoe writes about joining our staff team. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth. Babies are SO cute! My sister recently had a baby girl and – as biased as I may be – she is just adorable! She was also my inspiration for this…



It’s Flipping Great.

Here at YMCA Doncaster we have been celebrating Pancake Day with our young residents. We have clouds of flour and batter mix everywhere, sugar is glistening on every surface, and chocolate spread covers every plate. How many of you remember Pancake Day at home, messing up the kitchen, but more importantly, spending time together? Many…



I Believe I Can Fly

Zoe writes about the difference our work makes to young people in Doncaster. This post is part of a series of thought-pieces loosely inspired by the music of our youth. “I belieeeve I can flllly, I belieeeeve I can touch the skkky!…” we’ve all been here before – whether in the shower, in the car,…



Seeking a New Home for our Great Northern Train Nameplate

For many years, our Great Northern nameplate has been on loan with Doncaster museum and has been part of a popular exhibit with visitors there. The museum’s collections and displays will be relocating in the spring of 2020 and, sadly, the nameplate loan will end. We understand that the nameplate is from locomotive 60113 Great…



Using Transferable Skills In Job Applications

Nikki, our Personnel Administrator, encourages job applicants to consider transferable skills when applying for work with YMCA Doncaster. Looking for a new job, a career change or returning to work after a career break such as parental leave can be a daunting prospect. Couple that with all the recruitment buzzwords that seem to fly about…



A Visit from Santa Paws

Young people living with us over the festive season have a very special staff member on duty with them for Christmas Day. Olivia Burton, Deputy Chief Executive at YMCA Doncaster, opted to cover the Christmas morning shift in the hostel but found that posed a problem. “My husband’s a chef and so he’s also working…



That’s a Wrap!

We are very much in the festive spirit following The BIG Wrap earlier this week! We kick started our celebrations with an amazing 18 people who came in and volunteered an hour of their time to help us wrap up Christmas presents for our residents. It was the perfect start to the festive season as…



Trustees’ Week

This week is National Trustees’ Week. It is an annual event to celebrate the contribution of trustees and highlight the opportunities for people from all backgrounds to get involved and make a difference. Being a Board Member at YMCA Doncaster can be a rewarding way to make a contribution to our community. It’s a way…



National Volunteers’ Week 2017

This week (1st – 7th June) is National Volunteers’ Week. Although we thank our Volunteers on a daily basis, this week we really want to shout about how much we appreciate each and every one of them. Whatever role our Volunteers take on with us, every moment they spend here contributes to improving some of…